It’s hard to remember the days when google wasn’t used as a verb—or in existence, for that matter. Where would we be without the giant search engine in the sky that allows us to find the answer to our most pressing, secret, die-if-anyone-found-out-we-looked-them-up questions? Wandering around helpless and still tweezing our eyebrows into minuscule lines, probably. Not to mention peeking through someone’s Google search history is pretty much the equivalent of exposing their soul—there’s a reason we clear our cache every week, obviously. Thus, when Google reveals its top-searched terms at the end of each year, we pounce. What consumed our thoughts this year? What kinds of questions did we search at wee hours of the morning in the safety of our bed?
On the beauty front, the Google team gave Byrdie the first look at the top trending questions of 2015. These were the questions that saw the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period this year as opposed to last year. Some questions were standard, others unexpected (um, beard balm?) and still others… Well, you’ll have to see the number one question to find out. Did anything from your search engine history make the list?
Keep scrolling to find out the top trending beauty questions of 2015!
#10: How to make your hair not staticky
Static is your hair's worst enemy. And turns out, tons of people wanted to know how to combat that dreaded hair static—luckily, we have some expert-approved answers for you.
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#9: How to put braids in a bun
Braided buns were a big hair trend in 2015—and fortunately, we have just the tutorial for you on how to pull them off. You’re welcome!
#8: How to get glowing skin
#7: How to pop a deep zit
Ew. But, like… how do you do it? We’ve got you. Here, an esthetician explains exactly how to gently pop a zit without leaving a mess behind.
#6: How to do a French braid
Ah, back to basics, aren’t we? A French braid will never go out of style—and if you haven’t learned how to master it, there’s still plenty of time. Here’s an easy video tutorial.
#5: How to use beard balm
We get so wrapped up in female-centric beauty problems that sometimes we forget guys have beauty issues too. Like, how to make their beards stop itching. Apparently, tons of people wanted to know how to use beard balm this year—and we have to admit we’re kind of intrigued now too.
#4: How to remove acrylic nails at home
We’re surprised that this question ranks in the top 10, mainly because most people we know have swapped acrylics for gels (more on that in the next slide). However, it seems acrylics are still going strong—or rather, maybe everyone suddenly wanted to know how to remove them?
#3: How to remove gel polish
We love gel polish for the longevity—not so much for the hassle of removing it. Luckily, you don’t have to go into the salon every time you want a fresh start. Here’s exactly how to remove gel polish at home, according to a top manicurist.
#2: What are lip fillers
This was a big year for lips—literally. Suddenly, lip injections and fillers no longer seemed as taboo and hush-hush as in years past, with more and more women opting to enhance their natural lips. What exactly are lip fillers, you ask? Here’s everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.
#1: How to do the Kylie Jenner lip challenge
Are we surprised the top trending beauty question on Google has to do with Kylie Jenner and lips? No, no we are not. Jenner basically broke the Internet without even doing anything when the #KylieJennerLipChallenge emerged—and later on, finally admitted that her lips were the result of a great doctor, and not sucking on a shot glass as the public somehow believed. Here’s why we were against the social media trend—and so thankful when it stopped. If needles aren’t for you, you can always fake larger lips with makeup!
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